I began this course on a positive note, as I felt enthusiastic about the subject matter. I had come to the point in my own personal work, where I wanted to try developing prints for fabric printing, thus this course fitted in perfectly with my plans, while educating me on this process. I like to investigate things practically and how I can develop a sustainable practice; thus once again this course will help me in this regard.
Looking at strengths and weaknesses within my work and myself; I see myself as highly creative, yet at times I lack the skill knowledge to execute ideas into real samples. For example, I have a good basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, but not on Illustrator. I have many things to learn about both, such as making images see through and layering. I hope that I can build my knowledge as I continue with this course, as I see this as the part which will hold me back, if I don’t grasp the techniques to put my ideas into action. To combat this, I have been watching tutorials and films online to help me build up my knowledge and hope this will be improved as I work through the course.
On a positive note, through this assignment, I have played around with new ideas, such as florals. I also have older ideas I may wish to bring in in the future; i.e. family ties, self-portraits etc., work which I have explored in the past but not in a fabric printing way. However I don’t want to glean so much subject matter that I can’t fulfil any one area with quality. Thus through the next assignment, I will continue with the florals. Maybe as I develop my self-portrait work may be woven in with the floral designs to become one piece / design.
Picking a floral theme, helped my work become more all pleasing and user friendly, in contrast to my previous more personal work. I have to say I have missed that strong heartfelt approach to my work, which I felt when working on my previous course and looking at my grandmother’s life. However I wanted to widen my appeal as an artist and push myself to not just concentrate on one type of subject matter. I did keep true to myself, you will notice that I used the same type of fabric / paper collage in my floral pieces as I did in my self-portraits previously within Textiles 2: Developing Creative Textiles.
Was this in fact, a backward step, using techniques I have already trialled? This may be a question to raise with myself.
The course has helped open up my mind to looking at both hand printed and digital textiles. Yes, I may have gone down this route myself, yet the course has made me question my ideas and set out plans in a logical manner. A few of the artists listed to look at, were not ones I would have looked at without that push, as I didn’t feel drawn to them in style. However it is important to look at those I like and dislike, as it helps me chip away at who I am and further concrete my ideas.
The artist research and exhibition visits has helped me see where I want to take my work, as to styles and even commercially, as in what products would I want to create in the future, would I want my work to be saleable?
Having looked ahead to the next part of the course, I feel excited to try out the exercises as before this course I had no idea how to create repeat patterns. I will now begin the next assignment.